Get fit to help Esma raise £50,000 for cancer treatment

No Lippy Health & Fitness charity event for Esma Richardson.
From left Donna Kerr-Foley, Kelly Purvis, Esma and Bev Buckley
No Lippy Health & Fitness charity event for Esma Richardson. From left Donna Kerr-Foley, Kelly Purvis, Esma and Bev Buckley

Fundraisers rally round South Shields mum raising £50k for life-saving operation

Esma Richardson spends every day battling against stage four cancer which has also attacked several parts of her body.

Esma Richardson with her husband Steven and their son Andre.

Esma Richardson with her husband Steven and their son Andre.

The 39-year-old is currently part of a drugs trial which is helping to extend her life.

However, in April she was given the news her life was once again in danger after a growth near to her kidney was discovered.

Medics told her radiotherapy was not an option as it would kill other organs next to it, however, more stereotactic radiotherapy - a more precise form of radiotherapy - was available privately which could help.

But to access the treatment, Esma needs to raise at least £50,000.

A number of fundraising events have already taken place including a sponsored walk and coffee morning.

Now, friends have come together to host a fundraising day and disco, while a spinathon and open day has been organised at No Lippy gym.

The disco will take place on Saturday at The Queen Vic in South Shields from noon until late.

Throughout the day there will be stalls, raffles and a variety of activities and games for children and adults to enjoy.

Entry is £3 for adults and £2 for children.

Meanwhile, at No Lippy in Prince Consort Road, Hebburn, on Saturday July 8, a 12-hour spinathon will take place with visitors to the gym being able to ride for as long as they can on the bikes or attempt the full 12 hours.

Tickets to take part in the spinathon are £5 and will also include access to a variety of classes throughout the day.

Instructor Bev Buckley said: “I’ve known Esma for a long time and I wanted to try and do something to help.

“All the members at the gym have been great and are really getting behind the fundraising.

“They’ll be someone here painting rainbows onto people’s faces which is the symbol of Esma’s fundraising campaign.

“I’m really excited for the it all, hopefully we’ll get a real buzz going in the gym and raise lots of money for Esma.”

As well as classes, raffles and cake sales will also be taking place throughout the day and for an additional fee people will also be able to access sports massage.

For tickets to the spinathon call into the gym, call Bev on 07954 600 832 or visit Esma’s facebook page Esma’s journey for more details.

For tickets to the Queen Vic disco call Chloe on 07858 723 938.